Sadly here at HiFi Central we needed to be reminded by legendary blogger and HiFi reader Rob Sama (Samablog) about posting something about the passing of legendary musician and poet Captain Beefheart.
Captain Beefheart (aka Don Van Vliet) passed away in his Northern California home from complications associated with MS. Beefheart was highly influential (although this might be the first time YOU have heard of him sadly) for many musicians heard today.
Beefheart was a wacky character, always riding outside the lines of society and forging his own path of creativity and artisitic expression. Both Beefheart and Zappa attended high school together and later collaborated on several albums. Although both talented in their own right they were one of those “best of friends, worst of enemies” type relationships, which ultimately left the two on non-speaking terms for remaining years. If you have not had the pleasure of listening to the marvelous Zappa-Beefheart chemistry I highly recommend the live album Bongo Fury (1975).
Click here to read more on Beefheart’s passing.